Srinagar: The security forces, on Sunday, gunned down six terrorists in an encounter in Batagund area of south Kashmir's Shopian district.

While five of the slain terrorists are believed to have been locals, one was from Pakistan. However, their exact identities are yet to be ascertained.

Sources told MyNation that the terrorists were affiliated to outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

A senior Army official said that the terrorists were neutralised in a joint operation by the Army's 34 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and special operations group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

After receiving a credible input about the presence of some terrorists in the area, the teams launched a cordon and search operation in Batagund, following which the encounter started.

The security forces also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

This was the second major anti-terror operation within 48 hours by the security forces in Kashmir. On Friday, the security forces had gunned down six other terrorists in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district. 

With the killing of six terrorists in a single operation, the Shopian encounter has become the joint second biggest anti-terror operation in the Kashmir valley this year.